Address: Old Sturt Hwy, South Australia
Phone: (08) 8595 2111
The Murray River National Park has rich habitats including floodplains and wetlands which are important breeding areas for many forms of life including water birds. Riverland towns such as Berri and Renmark are a little over two hours drive east of Adelaide, while Mannum, in the Murraylands, is a 90-minute drive from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway. The river meanders its way past sandstone cliffs, majestic River Red Gums, wetlands and vast tracts of mallee country. Aborigines used the river for over 40 000 years before European settlers introduced the paddle steamers that transformed the river into a busy national trade route. The park has three separate sections: Katarapko, adjacent to Loxton, is the largest area with permanent and semi-permanent wetlands: Lyrup Flats flood plain lies on the northern side of the river: Bulyong Island and Ral Ral Creek, north or Renmark form the third part of the park. Visitors to the park can relax under shady river red gums, swim in Australia’s largest river, canoe along the backwaters, birdwatch and fish.